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Future teachers honored in first-ever BHS signing ceremony

The first-ever teacher signing ceremony took place in the Burnsville High School Career Center on May 23 with 14 seniors who plan to become teachers.  

BHS language arts teacher Allison Millea heard about a similar event that took place in Iowa last year and wanted to create an official ceremony at Burnsville High School to honor students who have committed to pursuing a teaching career.

It’s like the ceremonies with high school seniors signing letters of intent with the colleges and universities where they’ll play sports.

Burnsville High School will host South Metro Student Job Fair on April 17

Burnsville High School will host its second annual South Metro Student Job Fair on Tuesday, April 17 in the school’s activity center from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

There will be approximately 50 employers participating in the fair, with part-time, full-time, seasonal and long-term student jobs available. Students will have the opportunity to apply for employment while attending the fair, and human resource professionals will be able to assist students with the application process. Some employers will be conducting interviews during the job fair.

BHS students gain workplace skills in course taught by local business leaders

Employers commonly say that young people coming out of high school or even college aren’t ready for the workplace.

That’s why Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has joined with the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, Burnsville Promise and the Greater Twin Cities United Way to provide a five-week workplace readiness class for students at Burnsville High School. The goal is to set students on a path for workplace success.

Partnership with music studio opens doors for students

Homecoming pep fests are memorable experiences for most high school students, but the pep fest at Burnsville High School last fall may prove life changing for senior Markell Sutton. His musical performance led a staff member to introduce him to THE GARAGE, a music venue and recording studio that partners with the city of Burnsville and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to provide learning opportunities for students.

In Markell’s case, what the partnership is providing is an opportunity for self-expression and the chance to pursue his passion and hopeful career pathway.

With new classes, district aims to ‘grow its own’ future teachers

Talking to a group of Burnsville High School juniors – most of whom were students of color – District 191 Systems Improvement and Student Achievement (SISA) coordinators Frannie Becquer and Jeff Pope asked how many of their teachers in the last 11 years looked like them. A few students could say they’d had one teacher of color. Most said none.

“When you don’t see yourself in a career, research shows you’re less likely to think that’s an option for you,” said Pope.

Burnsville High School culinary students invited to Super Bowl event

Two Burnsville High School seniors, Austin Allen and Abdikadir Abdullahi, have been invited to participate in the “Taste of the NFL” event, which is being held Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Taste of the NFL is an event that is held each year at the hosting city of the Super Bowl, where chefs from each NFL city prepare their signature dish alongside an NFL player. The result is 35 different food stations where guests can sample different types of food and meet NFL players.

Dakota Electric donation supports college, career pathways in District 191

Dakota Electric Association recently donated $10,000 to support college and career pathways programming in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The donation will help the district continue its work to provide classes and other opportunities that help students find their passions and prepare for success after graduation.  

“I would like to thank you on behalf of the school district for your gracious contributions to education,” said Dr. Kathy Funston, director of strategic partnerships and pathways for District 191.

BHS students gaining real-world experience through school blood drive

Burnsville High School’s DECA club is planning a blood drive at the school on Nov. 3 during the school day for BHS students and staff.

DECA is a club that prepares students wanting to go into the finance, marketing, hospitality and management fields. BHS is one of many high schools and colleges across the globe that offers DECA to its students.

“Working on the blood drive has taught us how to act and work in the business field,” BHS senior and DECA officer Jake Chudecke said. “In the long run, through our work with local businesses, we are becoming real-world ready.”

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